Contents tagged with Germany

  • Poland creates new military division to counter the threat from the East

    A new division of troops has been established in eastern Poland, said Poland’s Minister of National Defense Mariusz Blaszczak, reported Polskie Radio .

    The Minister took part in the ceremony of transition to the 18th Mechanized Division of the 1st Warsaw armored Brigade and the 21st Brigade.

    General Jarosław Gromadziński, Commander of the 18th Division, noted the combat potential of the new tactical unit and its NATO command structure.

    "This division is located in eastern Poland because …

  • Germany refuses to reinstate Russia in G8

    The German government has rejected a proposal by the presidents of France and the US to invite Russia to the Group of Seven (G7) summit in 2020. According to Steffen Seibert, official spokesperson for the German government, Moscow needs to show that it is willing to change its stance on the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Only after that will the Seven consider inviting Russia, DPA reports.

    Ahead of a visit to Moscow on Wednesday, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that he has “fundamentally …

  • Poland opposes transfer of US troops from Germany

    Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, in an interview with  the newspaper Rzeczpospolita, commented on the US plans to redeploy its military from Germany to Poland, because Berlin doesn't plan to increase its budget for NATO.

    Czaputowicz didn't support this idea, noting that US troops provide security for Poland even from the German territory. According to him, the US provides a "backup" in case of "attack from Russia," but they manage it well even from a distance.

    Also, the Minister …

  • Merkel: EU cooperation with Russia will be limited until it adheres to Minsk agreements

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the full cooperation of the European Union with Russia would not be possible until it implements the Minsk agreements, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

    "The Minsk agreements must be implemented... before that, the opportunities for cooperation will not be at the same level we would like them to be," said Merkel at a joint press conference with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda. According to the German Chancellor, the parties discussed this issue at the …

  • Kasparov calls German Foreign Minister 'an accomplice of Putin's regime'

    Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov said that German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas promotes the strengthening of the authority of Russian President Vladimir Putin, reports Deutsche Welle.

    Kasparov explained that in late June, Maas supported the decision to restore Russia's membership in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, but "Russian Federation did not start to comply with the democratic standards of the Council of Europe after returning to the Assembly."

    Mass …

  • Russia accuses US and Germany of organizing protests in Moscow

    The Russian Foreign Ministry has accused the US and Germany of interfering in the country’s internal affairs, the department’s spokesperson Maria Zakharova said in a broadcast of the TV channel Russia 1. According to Zakharova, the US’s diplomatic staff and government media have “broken the rules” by providing coverage of unsanctioned protests in Moscow. The Russian Foreign Ministry intends to send official complaints to the US and to Germany. The spokesperson remarked that the US embassy in …

  • Poland: Putin’s attendance at WWII anniversary would be inappropriate

    It would be inappropriate for Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend the events commemorating the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II, said Polish Deputy Prime Minister Jacek Sasin.

    Sasin called the Russian president “the leader of a country that is using armed aggression against its neighbors”. “And I think that it would be inappropriate to commemorate the anniversary of armed aggression against Poland with the attendance of a leader who is using the same methods against his …

  • Germany allocates €760,000 to help victims of the conflict in Donbas

    Germany has allocated €760,000 for the rehabilitation of victims of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, reports the German Embassy in Kyiv.

    The diplomatic mission of the Embassy informed that the funds are "allocated to the Malteser International aid agency to continue its project "Contribution to the psychosocial stabilization of victims in the conflict in Ukraine."

    Last year, Germany contributed €2 million to the aid agency to help immigrants and victims of the conflict in Ukraine.

    Since 2018 …

  • Germany convicts militant who fought in Donbas

    The German court found Alex D. (a citizen of Kyrgyzstan) guilty of participation in the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, reports Deutsche Welle.

    Alex D. fought on the side of the pro-Russian separatists in Donbas for about two years. The mercenary was detained in 2016 when he returned to Germany, and now he was found guilty of preparing a "serious crime that threatens state security."

    Photos that were attached to the criminal case show Alex D. posing on the tank, then holding a Kalashnikov …

  • Germany urges the Russia to continue gas transit through Ukraine after 2019

    Germany stressed how important it is to maintain gas transit through Ukraine after 2019, when the current contract expires, said a representative of the German government Steffen Seibert at a briefing in Berlin, as reported by Ukrinform.

     “From our point of view, it is absolutely necessary for Ukraine to remain a transit state. We demand it. It is in our interests and we insist that transit through the country be possible in the future,” Seibert said.

    According to him, Berlin is actively …